Summer’s on its way, and what better way to appreciate the sunshine and (hopefully) warm weather this season than a picnic.
While London is an urbanised city, there are still some wonderful gems of green spaces throughout the metropolis and we thought we’d compile a list to show you the best ones. All of these locations are within close driving distance of our Central London storage facilities, so why not make a day of your visit and enjoy London?
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We couldn’t start this list off without including one of London’s most iconically beautiful and spacious parks. One of the eight Royal Parks in London, Hyde Park has a range of attractions. Beyond the gorgeous green grass, perfect for setting out a picnic blanket, it also connects to Kensington Palace and Gardens by a bridge across the Long Water and the Serpentine if you’d like a walk after you’ve eaten.
Bloomsbury Square Garden
This pretty little oasis is steeped in history as the oldest square in London, created by Lord Southampton as a plaza for his mansion. Now open to the public, it’s still a beautiful place to get away from the bustle of the street and enjoy a picnic under the canopies of trees after visiting the nearby British Museum.
The Regent’s Park
This Royal Park is a little different to the others thanks to its boating lake, which offers boat and pedalo hire for a little bit of afternoon fun! Rent a deckchair and soak up the rays or take a wander around the beautiful Queen Mary’s Gardens and admire the flowers. There’s plenty of space to park a rug and the view of London from Primrose Hill is second to none.
Holland Park and Kyoto Garden
If you’re looking for some slightly different scenery for your picnic excursion, there’s no better place than Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. The small Japanese garden is one of the many places to explore in Holland Park, created to reflect the Japanese values of tranquillity and serenity. Beautifully photogenic for all the Instagrammers out there, this oasis is the perfect place to relax and lose some time while enjoying a meal.
St James’s Park
Situated in the heart of ceremonial London, St James’s Park is perfect for viewing the many spectacular pageants that take place during the year on The Mall and Horse Guard’s Parade. Take a walk across the Blue Bridge and see the spectacular views across St James’s Park Lake towards Buckingham Palace to the west and the London Eye to the east. It is the oldest of the Royal Parks and borders the gorgeous Buckingham Palace Gardens and Green Park so there’s lots to explore.
Situated in the shadow of the London Eye, this simple park is the perfect green space in the concrete jungle of the South Bank. It was redeveloped in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Summer Olympics. With plenty of places to sit down and enjoy the views across the Thames and a fantastic play area to keep the children occupied, this is a wonderful stopping point for a picnic while you’re out and exploring London’s South Bank for the day.
The Temple Gardens are situated just off London Embankment and provide the perfect secluded spot for a leisurely lunch, surrounded by beautiful flowerbeds and historic features and buildings. Inspired by a combination of Dutch and English styles, this little-known garden is a demonstration of British historical garden trends and is richly imbued with both culture and beauty for you to enjoy.